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Democracy Now! Friday, April 18, 2008


Published April 18, 2008


Headlines
Report: 300,000 Iraq & Afghan Vets Suffer PTSD & Depression
Suicide Bomber Kills 50 Iraqis at Funeral
US Builds Wall Around Sadr City
Pentagon Report: Iraq War Is a “Major Debacle”
US to Release Iraqi Prisoners, Teach Them About Islam
Kenya Swears in Power-Sharing Government
Pope Meets with Sex Abuse Victims
Amnesty Calls for Probe into Civilian Deaths in Gaza
Carter Heads to Syria to Meet with Hamas Leader
Merrill Lynch to Eliminate 4,000 Jobs
Bank of America Ends Private Student Loan Business
Barrick Gold Threatens Canadian Book Publisher
Rep. Frank Introduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Executions to Resume Following Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Lethal Injections
Several states have announced plans to resume carrying out executions by lethal injection after a major Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday. In a seven-to-two decision, the Court upheld Kentucky’s method of execution by lethal injection. We speak with the founder of the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, David Atwood.

Great American Hypocrites: Glenn Greenwald on the Corporate Media's Failures in the 2008 Race
ABC News is coming under intense criticism for its handling of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Pennsylvania. During the first forty-five minutes of the debate, the moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos focused on Obama’s comments that some voters in Pennsylvania were bitter, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy, Clinton’s Bosnia “sniper fire” story, flag pins and the Weather Underground. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, author of Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

No Bases for Empire: International Activists Organize Against US Foreign Bases in Their Backyards
The United States maintains over 700 military bases in dozens of countries across the globe. We speak with two international activists who are in the US for a speaking tour as part of a campaign called “No Bases for Empire.” Jan Tamas, from the Czech Republic, is the founder of the No Bases Initiative, a coalition against the proposed US missile system in Eastern Europe. Olivier Bancoult is with the Chagos Refugee Group. He was expelled from his native Diego Garcia when he was four years old. The US has operated a military base there since British forces expelled native islanders in the early 1970s.


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